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  • Young Iranian Jewish Star of “24”, Jonathan Ahdout Shares View on Career in Entertainment

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 10:52 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    October 2006

    It is not often a young person from our community appears in a major motion picture and regularly in a popular national network television series, but 16-year-old Jonathan Ahdout has achieved these unique feats and more. Three years ago Ahdout, a... read on

  • Iranian Jews Mourn Passing of Spiritual Leader: Hacham Yedidia

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 9:23 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    09/23/05

    More than 2,000 mourners packed the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills this summer to bid farewell to Hacham Yedidia Shofet. During the funeral, the powerful sound of the shofar blended with the recorded voice of Shofet, who at his own request, led a... read on

  • Iranian Muslims Key to Pro-Israel Rally

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 9:12 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    11/11/05

    More than 2,000 Southern California Iranians from various religious backgrounds gathered in Westwood last weekend to demonstrate against calls for Israel’s destruction by Iran’s new president. Participants held high the flags of Iran, Israel and... read on

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 8:53 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    04/21/06

    Following a career as Israel’s ambassador to the United States in the 1980s and as Israeli defense minister in three separate governments, Moshe Arens left politics to serve as the chairman of the board of governors at the “College of Judea and... read on

  • Iranian Muslims Can’t Forget Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 8:47 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    04/21/06

    For the Iranian Jews of Los Angeles, remembering the Shoah has taken on a new, sorrowful resonance in the wake of recent statements denying the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At the same time, this year’s observance will be buoyed by... read on

  • Iranian Jews Tackling Problems With Drug Abuse

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 7:57 pm


    By Karmel Melamed
    11/05/05

    Three years ago, Raymond P., a 28-year-old Iranian Jewish youth was a fully-fledged member of a notorious Los Angeles street gang and involved in violent crimes, activities that were helping him fund his near lethal drug habit.

    Now in recovery, Raymond... read on

  • There’s No Denying Him: Only Iranian Jewish Holocaust Survivor

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 7:47 pm



    By Karmel Melamed
    12/14/06

    In August 1939, Menashe Ezrapour could have escaped the horrors of the Holocaust by boarding a train in the French city of Grenoble, but instead, he chose to stay, ultimately becoming the only known Shoah survivor of Iranian Jewish descent interned in... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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